MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 63
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 63

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 63

[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]

(Last week we ended with, “Why? For the purposes of letting you to not have attachment. It is for this kind of ingenious function.”)

Now returning to the topic: No suffering, no cause of suffering, no cessation the suffering, and no way to nirvana.

The first one is suffering. Who suffers?

If everyone has the concept of selflessness, we do not need to continue to talk about what comes next. However, if your mind still has “I” then this suffering gets most intriguing. Looking at your life on earth, about 95% of the time is suffering, the remaining 5% still has painstaking suffering. I see our life is suffering indeed. Regarding the phase of happiness, if you have a better blessed reward and a bit of money and like before, you still rack your brains and labor your body. So, there is no peace in the body and mind, therefore one truly suffers.

Thinking more delicately, does suffering exist? It seems not.

If in this life on earth you were born in Ethiopia, then that kind of hardship is already very difficult to endure. Nowadays our suffering can still be endured a little bit. Even if you fish for three days and sundry the nets for two days, and hope there is a chance for you to gasp for breath.

Are you able to catch any fish? You have already tried all methods, but from what I can see, it is very difficult. This is related to the “cause” of practicing giving in your previous lives.

If making money in this life is very difficult, and if you need to be under another’s disposal, then truly speaking, you also did not let others obtain and enjoy their deserved benefits in your previous lives. For some people, making money is very easy in this life; I have a friend’s friend who is just like this. My friend would contact me when he was not busy; the purpose for why he would contact me was because he felt unbalanced mentally. He worked very hard and had doubts about others who gained without having done any of the work, and he was full of complaints.

One day he called me and told me a story:

He said: “A person who is the same age as me and his son work in a company, and his son wanted to give pocket money to his mother, so he gave his mother many stocks. Later the stock skyrocketed up, and those stocks are now worth more than ten million US dollars. Their residence is now worth approximately six to seven million dollars.”

My friend was upset and could not think it through.

He could not stand it and said: “I also earn money, but my house is not good as his, and his pocket money is several times of mine!”

I then told him: “Why do you not compare with people who are worse than you? You fall short from the best, but you are better than the worst. Your house is quite nice. His money was the result of practicing giving from his previous lives, it is easy for him to have it back.”

But my friend did not believe in this principle. This is a true story that happened not that long ago.

The reason that I want to mention it is because some people are always mentally unbalanced. In fact, there is a reason behind it; much more, these unbalances are caused by yourself and your thinking. Life is already very short and very suffering; you should treat yourself leniently and not make life difficult for yourself, and moreover there is no such thing as life fundamentally.

“No life, also no ending of life, you need to know how to apply, to apply at your every movement, to apply during your activated mind with arising thought, then this is called cultivation practice. This kind of cultivation practice condition is called Prajnaparamita, like using wisdom to cross to the enlightenment shore – this is the outside meaning. In fact, your mind is under the state of no phenomenon (as the impermanent existence nature) and the mode of existing is one and undivided. No phenomenon and the mode of existence: no phenomenon is the truth, the mode of existing is illusion, the true and the illusion exist simultaneously. This body of ours, if you say it is impermanent existence nature, it is correct. It is assembled by cells, and after it dissolves then there is nothing. Currently the form assembles temporarily, to have possession for the time being.

Thinking further about your seeing, hearing, feeling and knowing; in other words, are your feelings real?

For instance, this table is no good, we kick it, is it real?

You say you do not understand life, is it real?

If according to the concept of Prajnaparamita, all phenomena are manifested by you. Suffering is also manifested by you, in additional everyone suffers together. Therefore, the great value of a person is the preciousness of this short life of yours; the sooner you apply the concept of being disillusioned with everything in your living, the faster you can be enlightened to comprehend the truth about the universe. If only you have one breath left, if you use the concept of being disillusioned with everything and let go of all, then you have hope.

What kind of hope? The brightness. Brightness is when your body and mind has attained a balance of purity, also balanced emotionally and rationally. Emotion then transforms to become wisdom, and rationality transforms to become your Dharma Body, it is that life fundamental essence with non-creation (beginning) and non-extinction (ending) in the universe. In Buddhism it is called the Dharma Body, as Tathagata, Buddha nature, etc.

Therefore, you look at life and the first thing to talk about is suffering. There are many kinds and countless sufferings. Cause of sufferings, barely enough to explain as assembling, where all sufferings assemble in one place to become like a sea known as the suffering sea.

Where is this suffering sea? It is right in your activating mind with arising thought.

The outside world has no relation with you. The outside situation, whether others dislike you, scold you, or let you down, these are all totally your way of thinking because you still have the concept of “you”.

Where is the suffering sea? It is the attachment inside your mind. If you think it is the suffering sea, then you will feel unwell.

The ancient people have a proverb:

Nothing under the heavens matter until a foolish person messes thing up for oneself. 

A wise person will never mess things up for oneself.

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

 

現在話講回來,「無苦集滅道」。

第一個,就是「苦」。誰「苦」?

如果大家確實的都已經「無我」的觀念了,老實講下面不用再談了。但是如果你心裏認為還有一個「我」,那這「苦」妙不可言。你拿你的一人生來看看,大部份百分之九十五都是「苦」的,剩下的百分之五裏面,還有最「苦」的。我看我們的人生確確實實是苦。你說樂,你福報好一點,錢有一點,你依然還是勞碌。勞是勞心,碌是勞身,身心都不安寧,真的苦。

可是你如果再細細的想一想,有沒有苦?好像也沒有。

假如你這一世在依索比亞,那你已經苦的沒有辦法忍受。現在我們的苦還可以稍稍微的忍受。三天打魚,五天曬網,希望有一個喘息的機會。

這魚你打不打的到?已經想儘辦法,但我看很難。這跟你過去世布施的因有關係。

你這一世賺錢很困難,要看人家的臉色,說真話,那你過去世也沒有讓人家得到,享受到,人家應得的。有的人這一世賺錢很容易,我有一個朋友,他的朋友就是如此。我這個朋友,他無事打電話聯絡,他聯絡的目地是心裡不平衡。因為他自己很努力,看到別人不勞而獲心裏充滿了疑惑,充滿了抱怨。所以有一天他打電話给我,他講一個故事,

他說:「有一個人年紀和他差不多,他的兒子大概在一家公司上班,他這個兒子為了給他母親零用錢,送給他母親很多股票。後來股票上升了,不得了一發不可收拾。這些股票算算換下來將近一千多萬美元。他們自己家裏住的房子大約六七百萬美元一幢」。

我這個朋友打電話來說,他怎麼想都想不通?這件事情讓他實在無法忍受。他受不了,他說:「我一樣賺錢,我住的房子沒人家好,他那個零用錢是我的幾十倍。」

我想一想就告訴他,我說:「你為什麼不比下呢?你比上雖不足,但你比下就有餘。你住的房子也不錯,那個錢是人家前世布施的,這一世要收回來很容易的。」

但他不會相信這個道理。這是一個真實之事,就發生在現在不久。

我之所以要提一提是因為有些人心理總是不平衡,其實這是有原因的。更何況這些不平衡是你自己造出來的,想出來的。人生已經很短很苦了,你應該對自己寬大一點,不要跟自己過不去。

更何況根本就沒有人生這回事。無「人生」亦無「人生」盡,你要會用,用在你的一舉一動,用在你的起心動念,那這個就叫修行。

這個修行的狀態叫做「般若波羅蜜」,智慧登度彼岸,這是表面的意思。實際上你的心,空有不二。空與有,空是真相,有是假相,真假是同時。我們這個身體,你說空,對。細胞組成的,解散了就沒有了。現在暫時組成,暫時擁有。

你再想一想,你的見聞覺知,換句話說,你的感覺是真的嗎?

譬如說:這個桌子不好,我們踢它兩腳,這是真的嗎?

你說:你對於人生不了解,是真的嗎?

如果按照「般若波羅蜜多」,這個觀念,那一切相都是你自己造的。「苦」是你自己造的,而且大家也一起「」。所以人可貴就可貴在短短的人生,越早用看破放下的觀念來過日子,你就越能夠覺悟,瞭解宇宙的真相。只要你還有一口氣在,如果你用看破放下的觀念,你這個人就有希望了。

什麼希望?有光明。光明就是你的生心上得到清淨的平衡,情感理智的平衡。情感就變成智慧,理智就變成你的法身。法身就是宇宙不生不滅的那個生命的本體,佛家叫法身,如如又叫真如等等。

所以你看人生,第一個就講「」。「」有多種,無量的「」。「」,勉強講聚集,所有一切「」都聚「」在一塊,變成海一樣,叫苦海。

這苦海在那裏?就在你的起心動念裏。

這外面境界跟你一點關聯都沒有。如果外面境界,人家討厭我也好,人家罵我也好,人家辜負我也好,這完全都是你的想法。因為你有個你。

苦海在那裏?苦海在你內心的執著,你認為是苦海,你就難受。

古人有句話:「天下本無事,庸人自擾之」。聰明人絕不自擾。

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra